Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Wizards of Morocco

The winter outfit of choice for most Moroccan men, and the odd woman, is the jellaba; a soft woolly cloak / coat that falls loosely over the body down to the ankles. The highlight of the jellaba is the hood which tapers off into a sharp point. When the locals pop the hoods onto their heads the points stand skywards making the wearer look like a wizard.

Since the weather has been on the turn the streets have suddenly filled with sorcerers. A violet wizard sips tea in a cafe, a yellow wizard strides down the twisty alleyways, an emerald green wizard stops to withdraw money from an ATM machine, a turquiose wizard clip clops past on a donkey smoking a cigarette. Its just like falling into the pages of a Harry Potter book.


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